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thrust

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /θrʌst/ (thrust, thrust) us  
to push suddenly and strongly: She thrust the money into his hand. They thrust a microphone in front of me and fired questions at me. She thrust the papers at me (= towards me). The bodyguards thrust past the crowd to get at the cameraman.Pushing and shoving
Phrasal verbs

thrust

noun uk   /θrʌst/ us  

thrust noun (IDEA)

[S] the main idea, subject, or opinion that is discussed or written about: The main thrust of her argument was that women are compromised by the demands of childcare.Ideas, concepts and theories

thrust noun (PUSH)

[C] a strong pushPushing and shoving [U] specialized engineering the driving force produced by, for example, an aircraft engineEnergy, force and powerPower and intensity
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